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Verizon has shuttered Sugarstring, its bizarre tech news experiment

In case you’d been wondering what happened to Sugarstring, Verizon’s recent foray into the world of tech journalism, wonder no more: it’s dead. Verizon has decided to shutter it after just over a month of its existence. Going to Sugarstring.com or any of its published stories will lead you nowhere. In a statement to DSL Reports, Verizon referred to the project as a test, and did not go into detail about what led to its demise. “As you know, we’ve always said this was a pilot project; and as with any pilot project, we evaluate, take our learnings, improve our execution and move forward,” a spokesperson said. “That’s what we’ve decided to do here.”

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You can finally talk and use data simultaneously on new Verizon iPhones

Ever since it lost the exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the United States in 2011, AT&T has touted a key advantage that its network has over Verizon’s: the ability to talk on the phone while using data from another app simultaneously. More than three years later, Verizon customers will finally gain the same feature — as long as they’re using one of a handful of new phones. “Advanced Calling,” as Verizon calls it, is now available on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with two Android phones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2.

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The judges who approve phone surveillance are buying Verizon stock

As the world learns more about the NSA’s global surveillance programs, the FISA court has come under new scrutiny as well. The court provides the legal authorization for much of the NSA’s spying apparatus, including programs collecting phone records in bulk from phone companies like AT&T and Verizon. But a new report from Vice suggests the court may not be as neutral as it claims. The report singles out three judges who own significant quantities of Verizon stock, including a judge who signed off on the request to renew the metadata program.

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FCC scrutinizing Netflix speed issues on Comcast and Verizon

After months of complaints by Netflix, the Federal Communications Commission is beginning to look into the streaming quality issues that Netflix subscribers have been seeing on Comcast and Verizon. Netflix has been in a heated and public battle with internet providers over network congestion that’s supposedly slowing its service down, with both sides pinning responsibility on the other. “Consumers pay their ISP and they pay content providers like Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon. Then when they don’t get good service they wonder what is going on,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says in a statement. “I have experienced these problems myself and know how exasperating it can be.”

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Sprint chairman: buying T-Mobile would allow a ‘real fight’ with AT&T, Verizon

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son tipped his company’s interest in purchasing T-Mobile today, saying the deal would help the pair better take on larger rivals Verizon and AT&T. In a new interview with Charlie Rose, Son didn’t say a deal had been struck, but confirmed Sprint’s intent on buying T-Mobile, a deal he says would create a “massive price war” among mobile carriers if approved by regulators. “I would like to have the real fight, OK? Not the pseudo fight, the real fight,” Son told Rose according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Verizon added 1.7 million new customers last quarter

Verizon Wireless, the largest carrier in the US, released its year-end financial report for 2013 this morning, capping off another year of growth for the carrier. In 2013, Verizon strengthened its position as the top carrier in the US, expanded its LTE network to cover over 99 percent of its 3G footprint, and negotiated a massive buyback of Vodafone’s 45 percent stake in the company.

In the year-ago quarter, Verizon Communications reported a significant loss attributed to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and rising costs in employee pensions, but this time around the company earned $ 7.9 billion on $ 31 billion in revenue. The wireless division of the company accounted for $ 21.1 billion in revenue. It also added another 1.7 million…

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Off-contract Moto G might be coming to Verizon for $100

Motorola’s Moto G smartphone might soon be available to Verizon customers for as low as $ 100 — without a contract. Google+ user Josue Joseph, who claims to work at Best Buy Mobile, posted a picture of the Android phone in Verizon retail packaging. Joseph later commenting that it “looks like it’s going for $ 100.”

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Edward Norton stars in Verizon mini-movie about Droids and daring

It’s become something of a habit for the NFL’s Sunday slate of games to host the latest new commercial campaigns from tech companies and this week’s been no different. Verizon is running an ad campaign titled 48 hours, in which Ed Norton and his trusty Droid Maxx run through an intense barrage of calamity, misadventure, karaoke, and romance in the space of two days. The kicker is that, at the end of it all, even after Norton’s been bagged and tagged in the morgue, both he and his Droid are still going.

There’s plenty of Google promotion here too, with the “OK Google” handsfree command showing its usefulness in situations where you’re tied up and left hanging upside down in an axeman’s hut. It’s a little surprising to see Verizon…

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Healthcare.gov will soon be hosted by HP rather than Verizon

The Obama administration has just three days left to fix Healthcare.gov, the buggy federal health insurance website, before its self-imposed deadline expires. But there’s one new wrinkle that could make things better or worse: the website is moving to a new hosting provider. According to The Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Health and Human Services is replacing previous host Terremark, a subsidiary of Verizon, with Hewlett-Packard instead.

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Verizon won’t activate the Nexus 7 until Google delivers a KitKat update

It’s been three months since the Nexus 7 was supposed to arrive on Verizon’s LTE network, but Verizon is still refusing to activate the device. Now, the company is blaming Google and device manufacturer Asus for the delay getting the tablet certified. Verizon told Android Police that after it discovered a “systems issue” during the certification process, Google and Asus actually asked the cellular carrier not to certify the tablet for Verizon LTE until an update to Android 4.4 could arrive.

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